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Song Of The Birds, by David G. Haskell

FaceBook  On Sep 17, 2019 JoAnn Baker Paul wrote:
Birds of all species have always been my beloved companions and guardians since the very beginning first memory hearing the morning and evening Robin's song or chant or prayer or blessing.

I was indeed blessed this spring while meditating outside, practicing the noting of the various birdsong. After a short while, I felt the unmistakeable squeeze of a bird's clawed foot. I was relaxed and didn't move at the touch. Not wanting to startle it, I cracked my eyes open to see a pair of sparrows - one with a red breast standing just beside the female clutching on to my big toe. I closed my eyes, filled with appreciation and gratitude. A miraculous affirmation of allowing wellbeing.

This is a most wonderfilled podcast. I encourage everyone to listen the full length version.

Be with the Magic, by Steve Karlin

FaceBook  On Nov 3, 2015 JoAnn wrote:

 The wild ones are coming close, very close now. Last evening it was a fox - five feet away. It came up and paused still, I thought it was a coyote. I was startled, he knew I was safe and came closer, walked around a bit, then sat down and we stared into each other's eyes - he had one black ear, black paws and the most exquisite coat and tail....


Not Resisting Resistance, by Peter Russell

FaceBook  On Jan 4, 2015 JoAnn wrote:

 Thank you Kristin, so beautifully and clearly expressed. Your example of willingness and patience with your feelings/emotions is an inspiration to me in this moment. When we feel uncomfortable, it's not always easy to stay with the discomfort long enough to fully release. Hug to you!


The Golden Eternity, by Jack Kerouac

FaceBook  On Aug 25, 2014 JoAnn wrote:

 Thank you all :)  Living meditation!


The Golden Eternity, by Jack Kerouac

FaceBook  On Aug 22, 2014 JoAnn wrote:

For me the golden eternity is Being Present - consciously in the present moment is timeless or time full. It is my peace, balance, equanimity, surrender, truth and absolute oneness with all that is, or with one, in this NOW moment. When I am here, "everything is alright forever and ever" always. I give the mind one point of focus at a time, i.e. deep active listening to another, carefully observing what's going on around me or studying an object giving it complete attention utilizing all senses where needed in harmony with watching the thoughts go in  meditation. What miracles occur! 


All We Can Do Is Share Ourselves, by Panache Desai

FaceBook  On Aug 13, 2014 JoAnn Baker Paul wrote:

 WE already ARE exactly like this tree - we've just been taught otherwise, and consequently forgotten our heritage. Our simple presence is so much more than we realize.....Gratitude, Blessings and Om Shanti!


Is It Really Worth It?, by Patty De Llosa

FaceBook  On Nov 22, 2013 JoAnn Baker Paul wrote:

 Yes, yes yes Ganoba. Grateful for your words. As more of us, one by one "drops the protective suit" more and more of the time as a regular living practice - we inspire others to do the same. Living the Change one person at a time :)


Lessons From An Accident, by Grace Dammann

FaceBook  On Jul 31, 2013 JoAnn Baker Paul wrote:

 Two phrases come to mind after reading the passage and the comments:

"Do all things with Love." In love we can only be present -

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” 
― Mother Teresa 


The Gentlest Thing in the World, by Byron Katie

FaceBook  On May 14, 2013 JoAnn wrote:

 Heaven is indeed now the moment of surrendering knowing for nothing....again, and again, and over again....


Why Not Be Ready?, by Tenzin Palmo

FaceBook  On Apr 20, 2013 JoAnn Baker Paul wrote:


"2. A certain young man came to Mother with some peach and plum stones in his hand, and asked her if he might plant them? 'Yea,' answered Mother, 'do all your work as though you had a thousand years to live, and as you would if you knew you must die to-morrow."

 From pp. 242-3 of the 1888 edition of Testimonies of the Life, Character, Revelations and Doctrines of Mother Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers.